EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon softball's Cheridan Hawkins, Alexa Peterson and Janie Takeda were each named to the USA Softball Top-50 Watch List, the organization announced on Wednesday.
The Ducks – along with Alabama and Arizona State – led the nation with three selections.
The USA Softball Top-50 is a watch list for the organization's player of the year award at the end of the season.
The top-50 is cut down to the top-25 on April 9 with another cut, this time down to 10, on May 7. A third cut is made to a finalists group of three players on May 21 before the player of the year award is announced on May 27.
Cheridan Hawkins, who also played with both the Team USA Junior and Senior National Teams over the summer, was a revelation in her freshman campaign. The Anderson, Calif., native ranked second in the nation a season ago, allowing just 3.14 hits per seven innings. She also ranked fourth in the NCAA averaging 10.8 strikeouts per seven innings. In total, Hawkins struck out 212 batters in just 140.1 innings pitched. Hawkins led the Pac-12, holding opposing batters to a measly .128 batting average while her 1.55 earned run average was second-best in the conference.
Peterson, a senior catcher and designated player, was named the Pac-12 batting champion after hitting a league-high .442 during the regular season. Even including all postseason games, Peterson led the conference with a .527 on-base percentage, which ranked seventh in the NCAA. She drove in a career-high 39 runs and hit a career-best 12 home runs while making 56 starts.
Takeda, a junior outfielder, led the Pac-12 with a .442 batting average including all game. In fact, the Ducks posted the top three overall batting averaging in the Pac-12 last season (Takeda at .442, Peterson at .424 and Courtney Ceo at .410). Takeda smacked an amazing 92 hits on the season and tied Ceo for the team lead with 54 runs scored. The leadoff hitter stole a Pac-12-best 31 bases a year ago.
Oregon starts the season on Feb. 7 against Cal Poly at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.